Harding Racing’s Patricio O’Ward in the No.8 Chevrolet had a fantastic qualifying for today’s 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The Mexican has been quick all weekend and not only got into the Firestone Fast 12 but went one better and gor a space in the Firestone Fast Six.
O’Ward will start the race from fifth place havong set a time of 01:17.9737s and speaking following the session he said:
I think it’s pretty cool. I honestly don’t know what to think about it. When I saw that I moved into the Firestone Fast Six, I saw (Josef) Newgarden, (Scott) Dixon, (Ryan) Hunter-Reay, (Marco) Andretti, (Alexander) Rossi, such big names, you’ve been looking at them for years and years and years, since I was a kid. Scott has been racing for a long time. I think even before I started my open-wheel career, Josef was already in INDYCAR. Basically, everybody here was already in INDYCAR. It’s just something unique. It’s something that you have to start believing that you can be like them, that you can beat them, that you can give them a run for their money. It’s a new feeling. I really don’t know what to think about it. I couldn’t be more stoked for the team. I’m really happy I got to give them their first Firestone Fast Six. Harding and Team Chevy have given me an awesome opportunity so far. The focus this weekend has been, obviously, to do a good job. My objective was always just to be in the top 10, so it was an objective succeeded.
Colton Herta in the No.88 Harding Group Chevrolet will start today’s race from 19th place and speaking following the session in which he set a time of 01:18.6823s he said:
I just finished up my first Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying session. I was kind of a nervous wreck beforehand. Once I got in the car and got situated, I felt a lot more comfortable and just tried to progress each and every session. I had a fairly clean lap and didn’t make any mistakes, so I am happy with my lap on the reds (Firestone alternate tires), just missing a little bit. A tenth would have got us in the Firestone Fast Six, (or) fast 12. It’s just so close in Indy car racing, and if you make that slight little mistake, you are not going to do well. I think our pace on old tires has been good, so I can’t wait to get into the race and see how we do.”